Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has announced it served more than 70.5 million passengers in 2019 — exceeding the 70-million mark for the first time in a calendar year, representing an increase of 1.5% compared to the previous year, the company said.
Following a positive trend in the first half of 2019 (up 3.0%), passenger volumes largely stagnated in the second half of the year (up 0.2%). In the months of November and December 2019, passenger numbers declined for the first time since November 2016. The relatively weaker growth in full-year passenger numbers can be mainly attributed to domestic traffic (down 3.4 percent) and European traffic (up 1.2%). In contrast, intercontinental traffic to and from FRA increased by 3.4% in 2019.
The number of aircraft movements at FRA rose by 0.4 percent to 513,912 takeoffs and landings in 2019. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) were up 0.8% to about 31.9 million metric tons. Cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) contracted by 3.9 percent to 2.1 million metric tons, reflecting the ongoing slowdown of the global economy.